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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 30, 2010 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77

"Isn't '77 one of those cases where there are 20 shows in the top 10?"

At least 20

I don't dislike 2/26/77. In fact it just barely makes it into my top ten for 1977.

I just think that performance falls well short of the very best shows from 1977. The musicianship and tightness is not even close to that of the May performances. In fact the playing is rather sloppy at times. And I dont see how debut performances of songs make the show better!

I actually score 1977 pretty highly. But I get bored of it rather easily. The lack of jamming, and the one dimensional and formulaic nature of the performances put me to sleep. Plus Terrapin Station sucks...

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 30, 2010 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77

Top 10 and most overrated? That's saying something!

I think it might the less formulaic and not so tight playing that is makes this show appealing to me. I tend to take '77 in small doses for the reasons you mention. Its great but can get boring if you listen too much. However 2-26 doesn't sound exactly like May '77.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top Ten Shows of 1977

I am sure that if enough folks here listed their top-ten shows of 1977, that the pool of performances would easily exceed 20. Here is my list. Lets see yours. I'm curious just how many "Top Ten" shows there are in 1977...

02/26/77 (97)
05/08/77 (100)
05/09/77 (99+)
05/17/77 (98)
05/22/77 (99)
05/25/77 (100)
06/09/77 (97)
10/29/77 (99-100)
11/04/77 (97)
12/29/77 (98)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten Shows of 1977

Well ours won't be very different since you named 6 shows that i already had in there. In no particular order:

honorable mention to 11-4-77

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 1, 2010 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77

It's a consistent and easy year to listen to. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, but it's equally possible to listen to 1977 shows at work as well as at home. The last two '77 shows I listened to at work were 'To Terrapin' (28/5), and 19/3 - both excellent. This week my Top Ten would include them both.